Red Wings Hold Off Flames for 4-3 Win

Despite surrendering a 2-0 lead in the second period, the Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the Calgary Flames on Friday night to pick up a 4-3 win.

Joakim Andersson threw a shot towards the net from below the goal line in the right-wing corner at just 1:25 of the third period. The puck deflected off a skate and slipped past Calgary goalie and former Red Wing Joey MacDonald to put Detroit up 3-2.

Justin Abdelkader scored the eventual game-winner with 3:24 remaining in the period, wristing a shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle over MacDonald and into the top of the net.

With MacDonald on the bench for an extra attacker, Curtis Glencross made it 4-3 with just 10 seconds remaining, throwing the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal. It deflected off of Niklas Kronwall and slipped past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to round out the game’s scoring.

Pavel Datsyuk had gotten the Red Wings on the board with 9:03 left in the opening period. Jakub Kindl‘s shot from the blue line was stopped but MacDonald couldn’t control the rebound, with the puck coming to Datsyuk in the slot for a chance into the open side of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 2:45 left in the period, fed by Todd Bertuzzi on a cross-crease pass for a shot into the vacated net before MacDonald could get back across.

With 9:45 left in the middle frame, Chris Butler got the Flames on the board. On a broken play the puck came out to Butler at the blue line. As he drifted towards the high slot he unleashed a shot that deflected off Joakim Andersson and past Howard to make it 2-1.

Rookie Sean Monahan tied things up 2:32 later when he was left untouched driving through the left circle to take a pass from Mike Cammalleri and snap a shot past Howard.

Howard would finish the night with 22 saves on 25 shots against. MacDonald made 18 saves on 22 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored on the power play on the night. Detroit had three tries with the man-advantage to Calgary’s five.

The Red Wings continue their Western Canadian road trip on Saturday in Edmonton.


Johan Franzen left the game after the second period with flu-like symptoms… Petr Mrazek was called up before the game to back up Jimmy Howard, as Jonas Gustavsson suffered a strained neck during warm-ups in Vancouver on Wednesday… Prior to the game the Red Wings announced the signing of 2013 draft pick Zach Nastasiuk to a three-year entry-level contract.

Holmstrom Leads Red Wings Past Flames

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice on the power play Wednesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

The goals lifted Holmstrom into a tie with Brendan Shanahan for fifth place all-time in Red Wings power play goals scored.

Holmstrom opened the game’s scoring at 6:14 of the first period, deflecting a shot intentionally fired wide of the net by Nicklas Lidstrom past Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff midway through a Detroit power play.

Jarome Iginla evened things back up just 44 seconds into the second, getting the puck on the right wing on a three-on-two and wristing a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Brendan Morrison put the Flames up 2-1 2:12 later, getting into the left faceoff circle untouched and blasting a shot past Howard.

Former Flame Ian White, appearing in his first game since blocking a shot with his face on November 12, tied things back up at 7:38 of the middle frame. White drifted from the high slot to the right wing boards with the puck, finally flinging a shot on net that found its way through past Kiprusoff.

Holmstrom’s second of the night put the Red Wings back into the lead. At 2:42 of the third he took a Pavel Datsyuk pass at the edge of the crease and spun around, backhanding a shot past Kiprusoff from in close.

Calgary’s Olli Jokinen replied 2:24 later, snapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard for a power play goal.

Pavel Datsyuk put the Red Wings in front yet again with 7:21 remaining. With the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, Datsyuk sent the puck to the front of the net and it deflected off the skate of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, bouncing through Kiprusoff’s pads.

Valtteri Filppula made it 5-3 1:14 later when his backhand attempt deflected off the stick of defenseman Chris Butler and past Kiprusoff just three seconds after the close of a power play chance.

The Red Wings finished the night three-for-four on the power play. The Flames scored on one of their four tries with the extra attacker.

Howard made 19 saves on 22 shots against while Kiprusoff stopped 25 of the 30 Detroit chances he faced.

The Red Wings, winners of three in a row, next play in Boston in the inaugural Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday.


With Ian White’s return to the Detroit lineup, Brendan Smith was a healthy scratch. Smith was kept in Detroit in case Brad Stuart was unable to play but with both White and Stuart healthy, Smith was returned to the Griffins after the game… Fabian Brunnstrom was sent to the Griffins for the night to make room for Smith on the roster. He returned to Detroit when Smith was sent down… Patrick Eaves and Mike Commodore were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.